Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Dizzy Gillespie was born on this day in 1917. Here’s Dizzy doing “Salt Peanuts”. Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light in 1879, which led directly to Georgia Power forcing you to prepay for their nuclear plants, so temper your excitement. Morning Reads after the jump…

Georgia, or thereabouts:

  • Many local Georgia governments fill their tills and pay their bills by running ticket mills (ajc)
  • Bourbon and Ginger Done the High Acheson Way(GardenandGun)
  •  Lester Tate to take over JQC (DailyReport)
  • What can be learned from a Dutch bicycle traffic jam (citylab)
  • What migrants have meant to Atlanta’s cuisine (clatl)
  • Doctors tell all, and it is bad (atlantic)
  • Gunshow makes Esquire’s ten best (eater)
  • Fannie, Freddie enact rules to force banks to buy back loans if buyer was fraudulently induced (ap)
  • January Perdue: no use for those who didn’t live overseas or attend college,
  • October Perdue: those coming from overseas (West Africa specifically) shouldn’t be allowed to go to college (at least not UGa) (ajc)
  • In a victory for transparency, Deal’s Ebola Response team puts their plan online (Youtube)

National, or hereabouts:

  • From Apple to Wal-Mart, Companies Make Bets on Climate Change (Bloomberg)
  • Why Germany is so much better at training its workers (Quartz)
  • Privately, Saudis tell oil market- get used to lower prices (Reuters)
  • Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa (Washington Post)
  • Scientists can now delete and fabricate memories in mice. Are humans next? (Vox)
  • Good for Business: Five Years in, What Does ‘Shark Tank’ Mean for America? (Grantland)
  • A Shortcut to Comic Celebrity (NYT)
  • Forget GMOs. The Future of Food Is Data—Mountains of It (Wired)



  1. xdog says:

    Game 1 of the World Series tonight at 8:05. Both Giants and Royals are wild-card teams. It’s KC’s first series since they beat StL in 1985, while SF will be going for their 3rd WS win in 5 years. Budzilla will attend. Bunting , both kinds, will be on display.

    • Ed says:

      1) Bunting is one of the most useless techniques in baseball. The sooner managers learn to get rid of it, the better off their teams and fans will be.

      2) Even without Vin Mazarro and Kila Ka’aihue I am a die-hard Royals fan. I welcome and and all bandwagoneers.

      • xdog says:

        ‘Bunting is one of the most useless techniques in baseball’

        That’s way overstated. If you want to argue that many/most managers use the bunt too predictably and in self-defeating situations I won’t disagree. But bunting for a hit, executing a well-timed squeeze, taking advantage of an over-shifted defense, having a pitcher move a runner into scoring position are all valid strategies.

        There should be no dispute that the other bunting, the kind that drapes, is a necessary aspect to opening day, 4th of July games and the WS.

        • Ed says:

          The math shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that sacrifices are absolutely terrible uses of outs, there’s just no other way to put it. The point is, the times when bunting could be valid are so few that it really shouldn’t be considered.

          But good god, walking into a ballpark and seeing the red white and blue draped everywhere… brings a tear to your eye and makes me love America even more. (I’m only slightly exaggerating)

          • xdog says:

            ‘The math shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that sacrifices are absolutely terrible uses of outs’

            Again, way overstated. If you want to nerd out, check either of these posts, or better yet, read the chapter on bunting in The Book (Tango Tiger, MGL, Andy Dolphin).

            Baseball does a lot wrong but they do big-game ceremonial splendor better than anyone. Now if they’d only bring back WS day games.

              • Will Durant says:

                Bunting by a pitcher who can’t hit his weight and is more likely to hit into a DP may be a cliche but is the way to play it. Of course this is but just one of the many strategies of the game that have been wrecked by the designated hitter abomination.

                As for bunting to get on base, probably best left for a few masterful slap hitters with good speed. Matty Alou was a 3rd baseman’s nightmare, however his brother Felipe was wasted by the Braves in the leadoff role in trying some of the same. He was too good at hitting with power and should have only been faking bunts, if at all. Lou Brock was the player I remember the most as a successful drag bunter though I’m not a stat nut so I’m not going to bother looking it up.

  2. Ed says:

    When “Salt Peanuts” was originally recorded, either Diz or Charlie Parker had gone out especially hard the night before and you can hear the rhythm going faster than usual as a form of hazing, and at one point he gives up trying to keep time.

  3. saltycracker says:

    We can wear ourselves out on the speed trap issue. What we can address is some consistency in the speed limits on the roads, particularly state and county roads. A mix of 55, 35 & 45 is as unsafe as it is a trap.

    • Will Durant says:

      The money should go to the state and be distributed back to the municipalities and counties proportional to their population. The violation of state law should NEVER result in money being paid to a private party as in red light cameras.

  4. saltycracker says:

    So, in the new bank bailout terms the Feds make it easier for us to leverage up and get a write off for debt as long as it is not (prove it ! ) fraud……

  5. Baker says:

    One to add (unless I’ve missed it somewhere):

    Perhaps this is blunted by the “regional economy” factor more so than other places but this is still pretty bad news for Atlanta. I’m sure that new awesome Falcons stadium will fix this…or so we were told by our Arthur Blank sponsored overlords…

    Two excerpts:

    “In fact, of the 51 metro areas with a population of a million or more, the only places that did worse than Atlanta in attracting young talent were Detroit, which lost 10 percent of its young college-educated population; and Cleveland, where that demographic grew by just 0.9 percent.”

    “In focus groups conducted at the time, young, college-educated Atlantans complained of two major shortcomings: The lack of a vibrant, 24-hour downtown; and traffic and the lack of transit. “The traffic complaint was expected, but the complaint about transit in Atlanta was somewhat surprising,” consultants reported. “Transit seems to be viewed by young adults as a basic building block of the kinds of communities they seek.””

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